Cement Kilns

Romsey Town

Location:

  • Grid reference: TL47235763
  • x=547230
  • y=257600
  • 52°11'50"N; 0°9'15"E
  • Civil Parish: Cambridge

Clinker manufacture operational: 1892-1915

Approximate total clinker production: 32,000 tonnes

Raw materials: Chalk Marl (West Melbury Marly Chalk Formation: 97-100 Ma) from pit at 547250,257700

Ownership: Romsey Town Cement and Lime Co.

The site also dug “coprolite”. The plant started with one bottle kiln burning pre-dried unground “cement rock”, expanded to two in 1900. The output was 60 t/week in 1907 and finally perhaps 90 t/week. The plant also made hydraulic lime. There were eleven small kilns in 1904, of which perhaps five were in use for cement in 1907. The plant had no rail connection, and its minimal output was distributed by road within Cambridge. The site was redeveloped for light industrial buildings, recently unoccupied.

No rotary kilns were installed.


Sources: Francis, pp 208-209: Jackson, p 295


© Dylan Moore 2011: last edit 19/08/2015.

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Approximate capacity: tonnes per year
Romsey Town Capacity